Jeffrey F. Williamson

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Since publication of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group No. 43 Report in 1995 (TG-43), both the utilization of permanent source implantation and the number of low-energy interstitial brachytherapy source models commercially available have dramatically increased. In addition, the National Institute of Standards and(More)
Recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) for the practice of brachytherapy physics are presented. These guidelines were prepared by a task group of the AAPM Radiation Therapy Committee and have been reviewed and approved by the AAPM Science Council.
Since publication of the 2004 update to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group No. 43 Report (TG-43U1), several new low-energy photon-emitting brachytherapy sources have become available. Many of these sources have satisfied the AAPM prerequisites for routine clinical use as of January 10, 2005, and are posted on the Joint(More)
PURPOSE Recommendations of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) on dose calculations for high-energy (average energy higher than 50 keV) photon-emitting brachytherapy sources are presented, including the physical characteristics of specific (192)Ir, (137)Cs, and (60)Co(More)
CONTEXT Genetic determinants of Alzheimer disease (AD) have not been comprehensively examined in Caribbean Hispanics, a population in the United States in whom the frequency of AD is higher compared with non-Hispanic whites. OBJECTIVE To identify variant alleles in genes related to familial early-onset AD among Caribbean Hispanics. DESIGN AND SETTING(More)
In this article we introduce a new high-intensity 192Ir source design for use in a recently reengineered microSelectron-HDR remote afterloading device for high dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy. The maximum rigid length and outer diameter of the new source are reduced to 4.95 and 0.90 mm, respectively, compared to 5.50 and 1.10 mm for the previous source design(More)
Despite the large number of single-stepping source pulsed and high dose-rate (HDR) remote after-loading devices in clinical use, the published literature contain little data characterizing dose-rate distributions around the high-intensity (4 x 10(3)-4 x 10(4) microGy m2h-1) 192Ir sources currently used in these devices. We have used the Monte Carlo method(More)
This study presents the first theoretical analysis of the absolute dose-rate distribution about the Model 200 103Pd interstitial brachytherapy source. Monte Carlo photon-transport (MCPT) simulation techniques have been used to evaluate the transverse-axis dose-rate distribution of the Model 200 source as a function of thickness of the Pd metal coating(More)
We have performed a comprehensive dosimetric characterization of the Oncura™ model 6711 I125 seed using both experimental [LiF thermoluminscent dosimetry (TLD)] and theoretical (Monte Carlo photon transport) methods. In addition to determining the dosimetric parameters of the 6711, this report quantified: (1) the angular dependence of LiF TLD energy(More)